James R. Schlesinger Professor in the Practice of Strategic Studies
Chester A. Crocker is the James R. Schlesinger Professor in the Practice of Strategic Studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. From 1981 to 1989, Dr. Crocker served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. He developed the strategy and led the diplomacy that produced the treaties signed by Angola, Cuba, and South Africa in New York in December 1988. These agreements resulted in Namibia’s independence (March 1990) and the withdrawal of foreign forces from Namibia and Angola.
Prof. Crocker chaired the board of the United States Institute of Peace (1992-2004) and continued through 2011 to serve as a board member of this independent, nonpartisan institution. His post-government professional engagements include service as a mediation advisor in U.N. and State Department-sponsored initiatives on the Western Sahara, Kosovo, the Philippines, and Syria. He was founding chairman of G3 Good Governance Group Ltd., a London-based strategic advisory firm, and is a founding member of the Global Leadership Foundation, an international NGO whose members offer confidential peer-to-peer advice to current leaders on matters of governance and conflict. He has served as a member of the Independent Advisory Board of the World Bank. Crocker is concurrently a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Canada. He consults as advisor on strategy and negotiation to a number of U.S. and European firms.
Dr. Crocker’s previous professional experience includes service as news editor of Africa Report magazine (1968-69) and staff officer at the National Security Council (1970-72) He first joined Georgetown University as director of its Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program, serving concurrently as associate professor of international relations (1972-80). He served as director of African studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (1976-80). Since his return to Georgetown in 1989, Prof. Crocker has been primarily affiliated with the MSFS program where he offers seminars on conflict management and mediation, and he serves on its executive committee and on the board of the School’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.
Born in New York City in 1941, Dr. Crocker received his B.A. degree from Ohio State University (1963), graduating Phi Beta Kappa, with distinction in history. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The International Institute of Strategic Studies, and the American Academy of Diplomacy. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Saone.
Areas of Expertise: international security, conflict management, international and regional institutions as sources of security,security ties between developed and emerging regions, mediation as a tool of conflict management, African affairs.
- Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
- M.A. Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
- B.A. (1963) Ohio State University , History
Managing Conflict in a World Adrift (2014)
Chester Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, and Pamela Aall. Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World. Washington, DC: U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 2010.
Chester Crocker, Casimir Yost, and Thomas Pickering. America’s Role in the World: Foreign Policy Choices for the Next Administration. Washington D.C.: Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, 2008.
Chester Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, and Pamela Aall. Taming Intractable Conflicts: Mediation in the Hardest Cases. Washington, DC: U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 2004.
Chester Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall. Turbulent Peace: The Challenges of Managing International Conflict. Washington, DC: U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 2001.
Chester Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall. Herding Cats: Multiparty Mediation in a Complex World. Washington, DC: U.S. Institute of Peace, 1999.
Chester Crocker and Fen Osler Hampson. Managing Global Chaos: Origins of and Responses to International Conflict. Washington, DC: U.S. Institute of Peace, 1996.
Chester Crocker and David Smock. African Conflict Resolution: The U.S. Role. Washington, DC: U.S. Institute of Peace, 1995.
Chester Crocker. High Noon in Southern Africa: Making Peace in a Rough Neighborhood. New York, NY: W. W. Norton, 1992.
Articles in Journals
Chester Crocker. “Waging Battles that Make War.” United States Institute of Peace (2011).
Chester Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall. “Collective conflict management: a new formula for global peace and security cooperation?.” International Affairs 87.1 (2011).
Chester Crocker. “Thoughts on the Conflict Management Field after 30 Years.” International Negotiation 16.1 (2011).
Chester Crocker. “A Dubious Template for US Foreign Policy.” Survival (IISS) 47.1 (2005): 51-70.
Chester Crocker. “Engaging Failing States.” Foreign Affairs 82.5 (2003): 32-44.
Chester Crocker. “Ready for Prime Time: The When, Who, and Why of International Mediation.” Negotiation Journal (2003): 151-167.
Chester Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall. “A Crowded Stage: Liabilities and Benefits of Multiparty Mediation.” International Studies Perspectives 2 (2001): 51-67.
Chester Crocker. “Supporting Sovereignty in Africa.” SAIS Review 21.1 (2001): 183-186.
Chester Crocker. “A Poor Case for Quitting.” Foreign Affairs 79.1 (2000): 183-186.
Chester Crocker. “The Road from Mogadishu.” Newsweek (1999): 41.
Chester Crocker. “How to Think about Ethnic Conflict.” Orbis (1999): 613-620.
Chester Crocker. “Southern Africa in Global Perspective.” CSIS Africa Notes 105 (1998).
Chester Crocker. “The African Political Frontier.” Jobs and Capital 7.1 (1998): 2-7.
Chester Crocker and Fen Osler Hampson. “Making Peace Settlements Work.” Foreign Policy 104 (1996): 54-71.
Chester Crocker. “Why Africa is Important.” Foreign Service Journal 72.6 (1995).
Chester Crocker. “The Lessons of Somalia.” Foreign Affairs 74.3 (1995): 2-8.
Chester Crocker. “Some Thoughts on Africa in the Year 2000.” CSIS Africa Notes 152 (1993).
Chester Crocker. “Peace-Making and Military Power.” Swiss Review of World Affairs (1991).
Chester Crocker. “Reflections on Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice.” Corporate Dialogue (1990).
Chester Crocker. “Southern Africa Peace-Making.” Survival 32.3 (1990).
Chester Crocker. “Southern Africa: Eight Years Later.” Foreign Affairs 68.4 (1989).
Articles in Books
Chester A. Crocker. “Conclusion.” U.S. Africa Policy Beyond the Bush Years: Critical Challenges for the Obama. Ed. Jennifer G. Cooke and J. Stephen Morrison. Washington, DC: Center for Strategic & International Studies, 2009: 202-210
Chester Crocker. “Reflections on Strategic Surprise.” The Impenetrable Fog of War: Reflections on Modern Warfare and Strategic Surprise. Ed. Patrick Cronin . Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Inc. , 2008.
Fen Osler Hampson, Chester A. Crocker, and Pamela R. Aall. “Negotation and International Conflict.” Handbook of Peace and Conflict Studies. Ed. Charles Webel and Johan Galtung. New York: Routledge, 2007: 35-50
Chester Crocker, F.O. Hampson, and P.R. Aall. “Two’s Company but is Three a Crowd? Hypotheses about Multiparty Mediation.” Studies in International Mediation. Ed. Jacob Bercovitch. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
Chester Crocker. “Stengthening African Peacemaking and Peacekeeping.” Making War and Waging Peace: Foreign Intervention in Africa. Ed. David Smock. Washington, DC: U.S. Institute of Peace, 1993.
Chester Crocker. “Conflict Resolution in the Third World: The Role of the Superpowers.” Conflict Resolution in the Post Cold War Third World. Ed. Sheryl J. Brown and Kimber M. Shraub. Washington, DC: U.S. Institute of Peace, 1992.
Chester Crocker. “Peace-making in Southern Africa: The Namibia-Angola Settlement of 1988.” The Diplomatic Record, 1989-90. Ed. David Newsom. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1991.
Articles in conference proceedings
Chester Crocker, Pamela Aall, and Fen O. Hampson. “Regional Security Capacity and Global Conflict Management.” International Studies Association Annual Meeting. : International Studies Association, 2008.
Chester Crocker. “Peacemaking and Mediation: Dynamics of a Changing Field.” Coping with Crisis Working Paper Series. : International Peace Academy, 2007.
Chester Crocker, Pamela Aall, and Fen O. Hampson. “Why Mediation Matters: Ending Intractable Conflicts.” International Studies Association Annual Meeting. : International Studies Association, 2007.
Chester Crocker and J. Stephen Morrison. “Time to Focus on the Real Choices in Darfur.” The Washington Post 7 Nov. 2006: .
Fen Osler Hampson , and Pamela Aall , ed. Leashing the Dogs of War: Conflict Management in a Divided World. Washington D.C.: United States Institute of Peace, 2007.
Chester Crocker, Fen O. Hampson and Pamela Aall, ed. Grasping the Nettle: Analyzing Cases of Intractable Conflict. Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace, 2005.
Chester Crocker. “The Art of Peace: Bringing Diplomacy Back to Washington.” Foreign Affairs 86.4 (2007).
Chester Crocker. “Do They Deserve This?.” The World Today 56.1 (2003): 23.
Chester Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, Pamela Aall, ed. “Dealing with Conflict in the Current Security Environment.” 1 Mar. 2007. Chicago, Illinois: Paper Prepared for Delivery at the International Studies Association Annual Meeting.
Chester Crocker, Pamela Aall, and Fen O. Hampson, ed. “When Cats Cooperate: Mediator Collaboration in Intractable Conflicts.” 2005. Hawaii: International Studies Association.